Al-A'raf : Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat
Vol 13, No 1 (2016)

Pergeseran Pemaknaan Ritual ‘Merti Dusun’; Studi atas Ritual Warga Dusun Celengan, Tuntang, Semarang

Haedar, M. Aly (Unknown)

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Publish Date
05 Jun 2016


Ritual ‘Merti Dusun’ has been practiced by people of Celengan, far before Islam becomes the part of their daily lives. After the coming of Islam to Java Island, this ritual experienced acculturation with Islamic culture. The ritual which initially was meant to refuse disaster and ask of benediction to The Creator (God), by giving offerings to certain place and request permit to the Prophet, and Danyang of certain place, has shifted in the term of its meaning. This study found out that this ‘merti dusun’ ritual has experienced meaning shift, either individually or communally. There are altering meanings: from addressing the ritual and prayer to danyang shifted to all of Islamic missionaries; to an assumption that the ritual has deviated from the religious teaching; and there is also person who simply assumed it just as social obligation.Keywords: Merti Dusun, Shifting of Meaning, Ritual.

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AL-A’RAF: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat is a peer-reviewed journal published by Faculty of Ushuluddin and Dakwah, IAIN Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. It dedicates as public space to develop and promote Islamic thought, idea, and philosophy based on the original research and current ...